Tuesday June 28, 2011 : Sunday saw the latest competition to kick-off – event #45: $1,000 No-Limit Hold’em – get underway with another huge field of 2,890 generating a prize pool of $2.6 million.
Seen taking their seats in the crowded venue were former main event champ Joe Hachem, Scott Montgomery, Jeffrey Papola, Lars Bonding, Matt Affleck, Faraz Jaka, Darren Woods, Adam Levy, Barry Shulman, Brock Parker and David Pham. There were many, many more recognisable names thronging the tables.
Early Monday morning level 10 was reached with only 304 players remaining from the carnage of the first day's action, led by Jon Lane, who on 141,600 is comfortably ahead of nearest rival Jonathan Driscoll (118,600).
Antonio Esfandiari, Phil Hellmuth, Matt Graham, Jean-Robert Bellande, Blair Hinkle, Eric Baudry, Adam Geyer, Joe Tehan and Andrew Lichtenberger are still dangerous and active in the field, but less fortunate and eliminated in the first day's bloodbath were Chris Moneymaker, Hoyt Corkins, Freddy Deeb, Tom Dwan, Scott Clements, David Singer and David Chiu.
The cash bubble bursts at position 297 in this event, so the second day is likely to be as action-packed as the first.